You guys are all connected to the news, so I know that you already know about the Supreme Court decision forcing California to release up to 46,000 prisoners because of the appalling conditions in California prisons. As a California resident, I’m less than thrilled about the fact that people who ought to be behind bars will be unleashed and prowling. Alana Goodman is concerned about the burden this will place on the Federal healthcare system (e.g., Medicare), since California has bankrupted itself and can neither afford to house these people (in prison) or care for them (outside of prison).
But I want you to tell me what’s really wrong with California — and the hint I’ll give you is the picture in the Goodman article. Something about that picture struck me right between the eyes and speaks of a much deeper, more tragic and more economically destabilizing than just the prison system problem.